Guest Blogger: Helen Young from CJSW

Every week between now and the start of the festival, we will have special guest bloggers writing about their top picks for Sled Island 2019! Check out their selections for a taste of what you can discover at this year's festival.

This week we have local artist and DJ Helen Young, host of The Future Language on CJSW!

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Three Ways to do Sled Island Wednesday

Wednesday, the first official day of Sled Island. Also known as the first official day of the best week of your life. Think we’re exaggerating? Take a look at that lineup and get back to us. Were we lying? With such a stacked first day of bands, planning your Wednesday night schedule might seem a little daunting, but fear not! We’ve laid out three of our best bets on how to take on Sled Island Wednesday.

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Guest Blogger: DJ WyzeWon from CJSW

Every week between now and the start of the festival, we will have special guest bloggers writing about their top picks for Sled Island 2019! Check out their selections for a taste of what you can discover at this year's festival.

This week, we have DJ WyzeWon from the syndicated hip-hop show, DirtyNeedles, on CJSW!

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Guest Blogger: Pink Flamingo

Photo by Michael Grondin

Every week between now and the start of the festival, we will have special guest bloggers writing about their top picks for Sled Island 2019! Check out their selections for a taste of what you can discover at this year's festival.

This week, we have the team behind Pink Flamingo, a local LGBTQQIP2SAA+ pop-up party!

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Sled Island 2019 Full Lineup Announced

Our full lineup is finally here! The 180+ additions announced today join a list of over 65 previously announced artists, confirming 250+ bands to play the festival this June! 

Newly announced artists include heavy metal favourites TORCHE, Jersey punk trio Screaming Females, hip-hop soaked garage rocker Obnox, English electronic duo My Nu Leng, Oakland-based sludge rockers Kowloon Walled City, reunited riff machines Barn Burner, indie-rock up-and-comer Stef Chura and emotional alternative project Black Belt Eagle Scout, the final pick from our guest curator Julien Baker. On top of that, we are joined by Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson, last year’s Indigenous Music Award winner for Best New Artist, gloomy alt-pop group Little Destroyer and Vancouver post-punks NOV3L. These acts join already announced artists such as guest curator Julien Baker, Japanese Breakfast, Rapsody, JPEGMAFIA, Le1f, Hop Along, Bully, Oblivians, Man Or Astro-Man?, Cate Le Bon, Cass McCombs, Jessica Pratt, The Messthetics, Fly Pan Am, William Basinski, Kid Congo Powers + the Pink Monkey Birds and many, many more.

Today’s announcement also includes accomplished avant-garde composer Jonathan Kawchuk, doom-infused post-punkers Bonnie Doon, Edmonton grunge trio Dead Fibres, Mint Records staple dumb, playful pop-punks Necking, psych-meets-post-punk outfit Peeling, experimental electronic hip-hop duo PLAINS (featuring Trent Reznor/Saul Williams collaborator Thavius Beck), Toronto folk-pop project Quaker Parents, the vintage sounds of power-pop four-piece The Sick Things and emerging indigenous electronic producer Ziibiwan.

As always, we love to showcase local talent and have plenty of Calgary artists joining the 2019 lineup, including art-rock septet 36?, country crooner Amy Nelson, electro-pop duo Beach Season, the snarly punk of Hairnet, trap whiz Jae Sterling, experimental flautist Jiajia Li, indie-pop idols Lab Coast, precocious punks Slut Prophet, pastel-bathed bedroom-pop act soft cure and the riff-laden intensity of beloved metalheads Woodhawk.

To see the complete lineup including comedy, film and art, visit SledIsland.com. The Sled Island 2019 schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, along with special events and conference programming.

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Sled In A Can: A Sled Island Fundraiser

Please join us for Sled In A Can, a Sled Island Fundraiser presented by The HiFi Club on Saturday May 4.

We will have an epic night featuring music from Melted Mirror, Selci, Lashes and DJ ROYLT. Plus comedy and a silent auction featuring items from Chad VanGaalen, Gorilla Whale, CJSW, Alberta Ballet, the National Music Centre, and more!  

All proceeds go to Sled Island, so come out and show your support!

Click here for tickets.

For more information, vist our Facebook event.

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